Conan O’Brien Pays Tribute To David Letterman, Tells Viewers To Switch To Last Late Show — WATCH VIDEO HERE!
O’Brien, who replaced Letterman as the host of “Late Night” when Letterman went on to do “The Late Show,” gave a lengthy tribute to the man he called “the North Star for me and for every comic of my generation.” O’Brien began his ode at the top of “Conan” by noting, “Tonight is no ordinary night. As you all know, in about 35 minutes, David Letterman is going to air his last episode of late-night television. It’s a huge deal.”
“Everybody this past week has been struggling to explain what this man has meant, what his leaving television means to us personally, but lets face it — there simply are no words that can encapsulate the sheer magnitude of what Dave has achieved these past 33 years. It cannot be done,” said Conan. The comic shared the “profound impact” Letterman had on his life, describing how his stint as the new “Late Night” host was strongly criticized until Letterman offered to come on as a guest. He remembered, “On February 28, 1994, David Letterman walked onto my set and blew the doors off the place. It’s easily one of the happiest nights of my professional life. After that night, everything turned around for me.”
O’Brien, who shared a clip of the 20-year-old appearance, went on to say, “I’d like to point out, tonight, that if you have ever liked any silly or stupid thing I’ve done on television over 20 years, you must know that it probably never, never would have happened if it weren’t for Dave. At one of the lowest points of my life, when I was a 30 year old national punch line, Dave, for reasons I still don’t really understand — completely rescued me. I truly believe that simple act of kindness turned everything around and made all the difference.”
He concluded, “So ladies and gentlemen here’s the plan for tonight. I have no illusions that anyone is watching me this evening, but if there happen to be a few of you out there, probably stoners, I’m going to let you know the exact moment when Dave’s show is starting and I’d like you to switch over. I may be talking to seven viewers at that time, but do it… I promise you we will not see a man of his talents and comedic integrity again in our lifetime, and you do not want to miss out. Have a great show, Dave, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
And with “Conan” filmed earlier in the day like the other late-night shows, O’Brien kept his word and announced it was time to switch at the exact right moment in the taping to sync up with actual broadcast. Jimmy Kimmel, who gave his own emotional tribute to Letterman on Tuesday, previously announced he’ll be running a repeat episode in hopes that his viewers, too, will tune into Letterman’s last “Late Show.” Check out O’Brien’s full tribute below, and tell us what you think.